The Board of Supervisors for the UL System is expected to approve the hiring of Jerry Luke LeBlanc on Thursday as interim vice president of business and finance at UL Lafayette for $212,000 a year. He would assume the post July 1.
LeBlanc, a former state rep and real estate appraiser, most recently served as commissioner of administration for Gov. Kathleen Blanco and has since been leading the transition of T-Joe Savoie into the UL presidency at $17,000 a month, comparable to the salary he will assume as interim vp of business and finance. Savoie is replacing Ray Authement later this summer.
An institutional review of UL, conducted from July to October of 2007 by an outside consulting firm, recommended the vacant post be filled. The review stated that the duties of the position are now being carried out by two assistant vice presidents; according to the university, the former vice president of business and finance, Ovey Hargrave Jr., makes $53,000 a year as a part-time "financial adviser." Hargrave retired in January of 1997.
In assessing the current situation with the business and finance operations of the university, the authors of the 2007 report indicated that the structure is not working efficiently. "We have rarely heard as many negative comments about inordinate paperwork," the consultants wrote.
LeBlanc is highly qualified for the post and would be a strong asset to the incoming Savoie administration should he decide to seek the position permanently. The UL Board of Supervisors' policy requires that the vice presidency be advertised and a formal selection process be conducted. LeBlanc could not be reached for comment this morning on whether he will seek the position at that time.
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The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
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The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
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Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
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